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Timeline Tuesday: Easter Cards

The history of modern greeting cards began in 1843 in England with the design of the first Christmas card. Easter cards were introduced somewhat later, but by 1887 ...

Timeline Tuesday:The Davey Ghost

In 1861 a Boston photographer named William H. Mumler discovered that additional images would appear if a glass photographic plate was exposed twice. Some believed that ...

Timeline Tuesday: Brainerd and Furnas at the Fair

H. A. Brainerd. From Portrait and Biographical Album of Lancaster County, Nebraska (1888). In 1926 journalist and Nebraska press historian Henry Allen Brainerd ...

Timeline Tuesday: April Fools in Omaha in 1886

One Omaha barber was the victim of an elaborate April Fool's prank in 1886. John Nelson's photograph depicts a barber shaving a customer with a straight razor during an ...

Flashback Friday: Building a Log Cabin on the Treeless Plains

Historian Everett Dick referred to the Great Plains as the “sod-house frontier,” and Nebraska photographer Solomon Butcher made many iconic images of soddies, but ...

Gasohol – The First Time Around

This photograph, from the MacDonald Studio of Lincoln and now in the History Nebraska collections, shows cars belonging to Nebraska Governor Charles W. Bryan (left) and ...

Flashback Friday: A 1930s Medical Romance

Medical student Joe Holoubek was dismayed the first time he saw a “hen medic” in a class at Mayo Clinic in 1937. But he got over his prejudice against women doctors and ...

Flashback Friday: Hiram P. Bennet and Nebraska’s First Territorial Legislature

Thomas B. Cuming, secretary of Nebraska Territory from 1854 to 1858. James W. Savage and John T. Bell, History of the City of Omaha, Nebraska (New York, ...

Flashback Friday: The Great Omaha Train Robbery of 1909

This isn't the train that was robbed, but is one from that era: a Burlington train in Wilber, Nebraska, in 1910. NSHS RG0813-44   On a night train heading into ...

Flashback Friday: A Day in the Life of Downtown Omaha

Downtown Omaha, 1920s. Looking west on Douglas Street from the intersection of Sixteenth Street. The Brandeis Building, which still stands, is on the left. NSHS ...

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